Billy Bingham dead age 90: Legendary Northern Ireland boss who took nation to two World Cups dies | The Sun

NORTHERN IRELAND'S most successful football manager Billy Bingham has died at the age of 90.

Bingham reached legendary status after leading the boys in green to the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals, having played in the 1958 finals himself.

The Irish Football Association said it had learned of Bingham's death with "great sadness".

Northern Ireland's football governing body issued the following statement: "Billy holds a unique place in the football hearts of Northern Ireland in that he both played at and managed in World Cup final tournaments with Northern Ireland, being part of Peter Doherty's historic team of 1958 in Sweden and then managing Northern Ireland in the 1982 and 1986 finals."

Bingham also enjoyed a successful career as a player with some impressive stints at Sunderland, Luton Town and Everton.

The former forward retired in 1965 after a 17-year playing career and immediately switched to management.

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Bingham managed a number of notable teams, such as Everton, Greece, PAOK and more.

He enjoyed two stints as Northern Ireland manager with his first between 1967 and 1971.

But his second proved to be more successful when he took the reins in 1980 until his departure in 1993.

He led Northern Ireland to one of the greatest World Cup finals upsets in the 1982 when they beat hosts Spain 1-0 with Gerry Armstrong's winner.

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Armstrong described Bingham as "Northern Ireland's greatest manager" and expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to his family.

He added: "Who can forget the wonderful memories that Billy has left us with?"

Bingham will always be remembered for his ability to turn underdogs into winners, something he picked up on during his playing days.

He once said in the Spirit of '58 book: "Winning's great, of course.

"But when you're not expected to win, it's even greater."

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